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Bollywood box-office report of the week

December 24, 2008 12:15:56 PM IST
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
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The next weekend will be an extended one (4–days) due to the fact that Christmas falls on Thursday and so it promises to be a bountiful week for the box–office. Even otherwise, one of the two new releases, Murugadoss's Aamir Khan, Asin and Jiah Khan starrer, GHAJINI, was bound to start off with a bang and now more so due to the festive mood. And for that the credit must surely go to Aamir Khan, his star power and his innovative publicity blitzkrieg. Releasing with GHAJINI with much lower number of shows and prints will be the animated JUMBO, that boasts of a voiceover by Akshay Kumar amongst others and that is what the producers must be banking on, especially for enticing the children, now that the winter vacations are on in most parts of the country. Giving company to both GHAJINI and JUMBO will be Shah Rukh Khan's RAB NE BANA DI JODI that is still appealing to the audience and in particular the families.

Last Friday saw the Rakesh Sawant directed WAFAA, featuring the once phenomenal star Rajesh Khanna. It was embarrassing for the audience to watch the erstwhile superstar being a part of a film that can best be described as a sex film with a shameful storyline. The film is a waste of time, raw stock, money and energy and it is not a surprise that it has had a very poor opening, wherever it has released and has been rejected totally.

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Moving on to Aditya Chopra's Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Vinay Pathak starrer, RAB NE BANA DI JODI, the film has fantastic collections to show in its first week and has yielded excellent shares of 23 crores from India. It must be a big surprise for most people in the trade and media, who had predicted that the film would be rejected by the public. Checking out the numbers, RAB NE BANA DI JODI collected 6.75 crores from Bombay, 1.75 crores from Ahmedabad, 5.40 lakhs from Surat, 5.50 lakhs from Nadiad, 5 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 28 lakhs from Rajkot, 7.25 lakhs from Jamnagar, 5 lakhs from Gandhidham, 7.35 lakhs from Solapur, 6.35 lakhs from Sangli, 18 lakhs from Nasik, 6.15 lakhs from Belgaum, 4.25 crores from Delhi city, 55 lakhs from Noida, 41.10 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 18.35 lakhs from Kanpur, 57.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 13.50 lakhs from Agra, 7.35 lakhs from Allahabad, 9.70 lakhs from Aligarh, 85 lakhs from Gurgaon, 25.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 4.50 lakhs from Panipat, 2.30 crores from Calcutta, 5.40 lakhs from Guwahati, 52.75 lakhs from Nagpur, 5 lakhs from Jabalpur, 6.75 lakhs from Amravati, 4.35 lakhs from Akola, 2.50 lakhs from Dhule, 25.10 lakhs from Raipur, 6.15 lakhs from Bhilai, 5 lakhs from Durg, 4.35 lakhs from Jalgaon, 3.15 lakhs from Wardha, 5.05 lakhs from Chandrapur, 48.75 lakhs from Indore, , 3.35 lakhs from Sehore, 7.20 lakhs from Bhopal, 7.75 lakhs from Gwalior, 94 lakhs from Jaipur, 7.65 lakhs from Jodhpur, 12 lakhs from Ajmer, 8 lakhs from Bikaner, 1.50 crores from Hyderabad, 3 lakhs from Warangal, 9.25 lakhs from Aurangabad, 3.75 lakhs from Naned, 1.45 lakhs from Parbhani, 12.05 lakhs from Mangalore, 2.75 lakhs from Coimbatore and 1.40 lakhs from Madurai.In its opening week RAB NE BANA DI JODI has grossed a huge 70 crores from India, which means that it has netted anything from 42 crores– 45.50 crores, depending on the net to gross conversion factor of 0.60 to 0.65. The film is on way to being the third straight triumph for the Aditya–SRK team and the way it has performed in its second weekend, it is set for a blockbuster status in the long run. Needless to add that RAB NE BANA DI JODI has had a great run in the Overseas with grosses of $1,307,428 from UK and $1,431,843 from the US. The total gross collections for all the Overseas markets are over $4 million in the first week.

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Moving on to the older releases, the Paresh Rawal starrer, MAHARATHI, has crashed after a poor opening week. The film collected 1.50 lakhs from Bombay, 1 lakh (approx) from Ahmedabad and Rajkot, 1 lakh (approx) each from Delhi city and Noida and has netted a poor 1.90 crores during its two week run. It is obvious that MAHARATHI is a trade disaster.

The only hope from the bunched releases of December 5, DIL KABADDI, has also dropped, collecting 13 lakhs from Bombay, 1 lakh (approx) each from Ahmedabad, Delhi city and Noida. With another 45 lakhs, DIL KABADDI has netted 4.20 crores from India in two weeks from India. The film though has flopped at the ticket window.

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Our last entry of the week is once again Karan Johar's Tarun Mansukhani directed DOSTANA. The film looks to be ending its Indian run collecting 10.15 lakhs from Bombay, 5.75 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.50 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakh from Lucknow, 1.05 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.05 lakhs from Jaipur and 5.15 lakhs from Hyderabad. During the week DOSTANA added another 50 lakhs and has so far netted 44.75 crores in five weeks from India. The Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra and Bobby Deol (special appearance) starrer has now reached the above average status from India. The film has had a great run in the Overseas, grossing $1,444,246 from UK and $1,243,910 from the US.


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